Ohio State denies it is facing major NCAA violations
Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith wants everyone to know the school is not facing more sanctions from the NCAA.
Smith issued a statement following an article in the Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, which quoted him as saying the school was facing 12 NCAA violations and it was unclear whether they would be deemed secondary or major.
“Contrary to reports attributed to me, Ohio State Athletics is not facing any major NCAA violations,” Smith said in a statement released Thursday. “There are several secondary violations being processed by our compliance office. These are similar to those released last week. Again, these are secondary in nature and consistent with our culture of self-reporting even the most minor and inadvertent violations.
“Again, to be clear, the Ohio State football program, its coaches and staff are not facing any violations.”
Ohio State went public last week with an acknowledgement that the school committed 46 violations in the last year.
Smith, however, said that number is consistent with previous years.
“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith told The Lantern. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.
“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would, because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”
On a subsequent email, Ohio State detailed the 12 violations of which four involved the football program that is banned from the postseason this fall:
– Football – The compliance office approved the use of mini basketballs during a football winter conditioning workout.
– Men’s Gymnastics – The practice activities of a gymnastics alum were publicized.
– Institutional – Two baseball prospective student-athletes arrived on campus for official visits before being placed on the request list.
– Institutional – Athletics financial aid agreements were issued to three prospective student-athletes without being signed by the financial aid director.
– Football – A former assistant football coach had an inadvertent contact or “bump” with a prospective student-athlete.
– Field Hockey – A former assistant coach sent an email to a prospective student-athlete believing that she was a 2013 high school graduate.
– Men’s Tennis – A high school football coach and friend of the tennis program’s head coach stopped by the tennis training facility unannounced with an assistant coach and four prospective student-athletes during a dead period.
– Baseball – A prospective student-athlete in grade 12 registered and showed up for an Ohio State camp for participants in grades 9-11 even though he was told he was not eligible to compete at the camp. A t-shirt was given to the individual to defuse the situation when he got upset that he couldn’t compete.
– Baseball – A prospective student-athlete received a complimentary admission to a home baseball game during a dead period.
– Women’s Hockey – A former assistant coach inadvertently sent an email to a 2014 prospective student-athlete when the prospect was mistakenly entered into the recruiting data base by the previous coaching staff as a 2013 graduate.
– Football – The program understood the aunt of a prospective student-athlete was his legal guardian and provided food and lodging expenses to her for the official visit.
– Football – An assistant coach inadvertently posted on the Facebook wall of a 2013 prospective student-athlete, believing at the time he was using the email inbox function of Facebook.
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